Boston Whaler Donates $10K in School Supplies
EDGEWATER, Fla. — As the Boston Whaler Activity Committee began planning for its annual “Boatload of Backpacks” school supply drive, they knew this year needed to be different. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic called for enhanced safety and protective measures to help keep teachers, students and Whaler employees safe — both during the drive and throughout the school year.
“I knew the vendors we’ve been sourcing personal protective equipment for our employees from would allow us to get case quantities for the local schools,” said Dave Brannan, Production Value Stream Leader and a 26-year Boston Whaler employee. “Many of our vendors provided additional discounts and supplies for this great cause.”
In total, Whaler collected more than $10,000 worth of supplies, including bottled water, nitrite gloves, M95 masks, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, batteries and earbuds, as well as paper, pencils and other traditional school supplies.
Earlier this month, several members of the Boston Whaler Activity Committee delivered the supplies in a Montauk boat to three area schools: Edgewater Public Elementary, Indian River Elementary, and Burns Science and Technology. Additionally, supply deliveries are planned for Enterprise Elementary in Port Saint John and DeLand High School later this month.
“Boston Whaler is happy to provide support to these local schools,” said Director of Human Resources Faustina Shedlock. “Based on this being the tenth year of the program, the additional needs the schools are experiencing due to COVID, and the growth at Boston Whaler, we were able to make this the largest contribution since this community outreach initiative began.”
Regarding Whaler’s continued growth, Shedlock also noted that the company is currently hiring; interested candidates can apply by visiting bostonwhaler.com/careers. “We are happy to be the largest manufacturer in Volusia County and believe in supporting the community by creating jobs and giving back in a variety of ways,” she said.
About Boston Whaler:
For more than 60 years, Boston Whaler has been building superior quality unsinkable runabouts, cruisers and center console boats. Founded in 1958 and currently headquartered in Edgewater, FL, the company’s unique foam-cored construction process contributes not only unsurpassed flotation, but also superior ride characteristics and durability. The current product line ranges from 11–42 feet and is distributed around the world by a network of exceptional dealers. For more information about The Unsinkable Legend, please visit www.bostonwhaler.com. Boston Whaler is owned by Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), the leading marine manufacturer in the world.
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